5 Indulgent Cookie Recipes Worth The Extra Hour at the Gym

At The P.E. Club, we believe in balance.  

So when you are faced with a dessert table of the finest treats the holiday season has to offer, it's okay to loosen the top button on your pants and indulge every once in a while.  If you're still sifting through the best recipes to bring to the in-laws' place, or want to blast the holiday tunes while baking up some festive treats, we got you covered.

Our trainers & instructors put together a list of cookie recipes that are 100% worth the extra mile, a few more kettle bell swings, or five straight min. of TRX pike ups @ the gym!

Katy's Pick:

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bliss Bites


Katy likes to bring the taste of her hometown - Hershey, PA - to the city during the holiday season, and  this secret recipe from her mom's bake book is the perfect chocolate + peanut butter fix, hailing from the Sweetest Place on Earth!


  • Pastry:
    • 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.)
    • 1 stick of butter, softened (1/2 cup)
    • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Filling:
    • 48 unwrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


1.) Pastry: Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar and flour until blended.  Divide dough into quarters. With ads, roll each portion on a lightly floured surface into a 6-inch log. Wrap individually and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. 

2.) Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Have uncreased miniature muffin pans ready. (mini muffin cups measure 1 3/4 inches across top.)

3.) Cue one log in 12 equal slices (keep the rest refrigerated).  With floured hands, flatten each piece into a 3-inch round and fit into muffin cup (dough will extend above cup). 

4.) Bake cups for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Meanwhile, unwrap 48 miniature peanut butter cups(from 13. oz. bag or reese’s.) 

5.) While pastry is hot, press 1 peanut butter cup into each pastry cup.  Cool 10 min. then remove pastry cups to each to cool completely.

KAYLEY + Morgana's PICK:


Peanut Butter Blossom Recipe - The P.E. Club

Kayley enjoys this classic cookie with a kiss!  This Holiday favorite is worth it down to the last bite.  

For the full recipe straight from Betty Crocker herself: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-peanut-butter-blossom-cookies/a3563f6e-96b0-443f-ae0a-53cef4be6db6



Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars - Brown Eyed Baker

Miriam tried out this recipe from the Brown-Eyed Baker and shared the final product at her Thanksgiving table, and it was a big hit! Rather than a cookie, think of these more as an easy, hand-held pecan pie -- yum!

For the full recipe: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/chunky-pecan-pie-bars/


Sea salt butterscotch pretzel cookies

Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies by Cookies and Cups

Melody likes to practice balance in her diet, too!  This sweet + salty treat does just that. Cookies & Cups twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie will have your mouth watering. 

For the full recipe: http://cookiesandcups.com/sea-salt-butterscotch-pretzel-cookies/

NEDRA'S pick:

chewy double chocolate peppermint cookies

Minimalist Baker - Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

Is it even the holidays without some sweet peppermint? Nedra took The Minimalist Baker's double chocolate + peppermint cookies for a test drive, and she's excited to share this recipe with you: http://minimalistbaker.com/chewy-double-chocolate-peppermint-cookies/

When it's time to crunch away the cookies, we're here to help. Our gift to you is a Holiday Sampler that won't make you fat!  Enjoy $20 classes for you or someone you love. 

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